Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Christmas Trip

I just got back from a trip to see Jess and her family.  My brother-in-law drove, and I was so glad about that because I don't like to drive long distances.  He went to visit his sister and take her presents as well.  This is my birthplace, and Jess met up with us and saw Brian's family also.  While it is snowing here, it's still Autumn there, and not as cold.

When I first got there, Brian's mom made me a cup of coffee and some eggs and potatoes.  She really does make the best coffee, and always makes me feel welcome in her home.

We went out to the back yard so Francesca could run around.  We thought it would be fun for her to go to the park, so we got ourselves together and walked there.  Francesca does not like to have her hair brushed.  Does any kid?

This is a well kept up park and so familiar to me, as my kids went to school in this area.

Grandma J and Auntie JJ had fun on the swings,

while I pushed Francesca on hers.

Going down the slide with Francesca.

And me and Uncle C racing down the slide.

 When we left the park, there was a dazzling sunset.

Afterwards, we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant.  I have been craving the food here.

We met for coffee in the morning at Starbuck's.  Francesca was cracking me up asking me to tell her a story.  So, I told her one.  She said, "tell me again," and after a dozen times, I said, "Ok, but this is the last time," and she said, "ok, this is the last time."  Then, when the story was over she said, "tell me again."   My grandgirls are funny little people, both of them.  I'm glad their moms have a sense of humor and sprinkle it in their lives.  Here's little Mia running after a Christmas duck.  This picture makes me laugh.

I came home with lots of presents to open on Christmas morning.  When I saw the bottom of Jess' wrapped presents I smiled and got a tear.  She is carrying on her mom's tradition and put a big black S initial on the bottom of my presents.

  One of Nel's presents was opening, so I just opened it and LOVED the pajamas she got me.  They are plaid, which I asked for, and I can not believe how soft and cozy they are.  Can't wait to wear them.  

It was a very nice Christmas trip, and I came home to some snow, which I'll show you next week.

Have a merry December week.



The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Sheri, your trip looks so fun! I'm so glad you had someone else do the driving as that is a long trip. Seeing Francesca get her hair brushed reminded me of days with my own daughter. Such a sweet park with all the fun! Loved seeing you on the slide---great memories for your granddaughter she will always cherish--especially your stories! Merry Christmas!

Louca por porcelana said...

Great time with your adorable family!What magic season... Precious grands...My father told my eldest son that he had daughters and son only to have grands!

Carla from The River said...

A wonderful Christmas time .. I just love all the photos.
Thank you for sharing your family love with us Sheri!!
xx oo

Ginny Hartzler said...

The hair brushing photo is hilarious! And the sunset is gorgeous! Little Mia is so beautiful. What a fun trip, with great food as well. Your shots of the Japanese Maple are beautiful.

Chatty Crone said...

What a beautiful post - I love the rose in the snow. Okay it was nice seeing you play on the slides too - seemed like you were able to let go and have fun this weekend.
The Mexican Food looked good too.
Parks should be a safe haven for children - hope they always are.
I love the red color in the leaves - it is my favorite!
A beautiful house there girl - looks huge.
Swings looked fun too.
Well I am glad you went, but glad you got home safe.

Anne Hagman-Niilola said...

Wonderful posting!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, what a wonderful time you had. May your holidays continue to be full of fun and laughter, peace, love and joy ~ FlowerLady

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What fun you had and so nice to not have to drive! I've been wondering if you have lots of snow where you live now. I've been watching the weather channel! lol Enjoy your week!

R's Rue said...

Beautiful blessings. I love it.

Susan said...

Oh Sheri. I was so happy you got to see the grand baby girls and your own girls. How wonderful. That makes Christmas complete before it even gets here! Lovely post! Hugs. Susan

Patricia said...

Sheri, you must be full of joy from your very special trip. How comforting family is, and the time with granddaughters so precious. I love the picture of Mia and the duck; she is growing up fast. Plaid pyjamas are so nice, I bet you love them on the cold Winter nights. And there you are, sliding down the slide - well done my friend!

Jeanie said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful time and were able to see Jess and Francesca, even have a chauffeur! I love your "initial" tradition on the gifts and it looks like you had loads of fun, but that it was still a little bit chilly, even though the snow awaits! I love that last photo of the snow bird! Very sweet! Happy week to you!

Rose said...

So glad you got to have that visit! It looks like all were full of the Christmas joy.

Olde Dame Holly said...

How lucky the Christmas jammies were opening themselves! Now you can wear them! What a difference between your two locales. I think you will enjoy the snow and the mountain seasons, though.

Billie Jo said...

What a wonderful trip!!! So much joy! Have a cozy evening, my dear friend.

Linda O'Connell said...

Your trip looks like a memory maker especially with your darling girls.

Debbie Nolan said...

Sheri what a wonderful trip. So glad you got to see your girls and have a visit with your sweet granddaughters. Does look like you did come home to winter. Bet those plaid pajamas will be perfect for a cold winter's night. Hugs

Sandi said...

Fun day! 😊

Great fantastic otherworldly sunrise!

AAAAH...oh, that food. 💕

Mellie said...

What a lovely trip and visit you had with your family. Both of my girls hated having their hair brushed! I guess all little kids have a tender scalp. Humor is important in life. Sometimes you have to find a way to laugh to get through tough times. Have a great Christmas week!

a spirit of simplicity said...

It looks like everyone had a wonderful time. Grandchildren are the best and especially at this time of year! We are expecting snow today!

Rajani Rehana said...

Super blog

Ann said...

Too many wonderful things in your Christmas things.
Family is everything, and Francesca and Mia are growing up to be such happy and beautiful kids. I love the sunset pic, so beautiful. The slide pics made me ask myself if a slide could still make me so happy and excited as when I was doing it as a child, I bet it would, just like you did. The bird in the snow is super lovely.

Enjoy the holidays Sheri. ♥